Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
I have been teaching since 1965 and have recently joined the English Department as an Associate Faculty member at Feather River College. Recently taught Nature Literature in America and am currently teaching Interpersonal Communication and Basic Reading and Writing.
On my recent hike to Boyle Ravine, only five minutes from my house, I was excited to find several invertebrates have woken up for the season: millipedes, cockroaches, various beetles, and termites. I posted photos of some of these bugs, but now I want to call attention to other attractions that may be found within a few hundred yards of the large water tank just above the entrance to the Boyle Ravine nature trail. Boyle Creek itself cascades beautifully through the forest, and the little waterfall pictured above is a site that's good for finding Wild Ginger, Leopard Lily, False Solomon's Seal (2nd photo above) among other flowers in season. Currently there are lots of Sticky Current blooming (bottom photo) and lots of Red Larkspur almost ready to bloom. Today I saw a few Scarlet Fritillary with buds, but no blooms. The mushrooms (3rd photo) growing under fallen logs always fascinate me as they grow outward from the undersides of the logs then immediately try to curve upward in defiance of gravity. This makes for interesting curves of stems seen when the logs are rolled over. Finally, the blooming Oregon Grape is plentiful all around.